Time for this month’s book list – the end of October is already here and if I say I can’t believe how time flies, I’ll just sound really old. So I won’t say it. Except it’s totally true.
September’s list is HERE
August is HERE
Last month’s winner was Stephanie Miller – she won three books of her choice from my stack o’ books! Yay!
This month was a pretty slow one for my personal reading – a lot of what I did read was for school, and there were so many exciting Cub games to watch!!… but I did manage to sneak in some personal reading time:
After You by Jojo Moyes- This is a sequel to the book Me Before You, which was one of the better books I read in the past few years. The sequel does not quite live up to the original, but was definitely a good story as well. The plot kept my interest and made sense in the context of what had happened to the girl in the first book. You do need to read the first before you read the sequel for it to make sense. (Which is also why I can’t really give a plotline for this; it doesn’t make sense until you read the first.)
Currently, I’m reading The Likeness by Tana French – Cassie Maddox went undercover under the alias of Lexie Madison years ago, and now a girl has turned up murdered – with Lexie’s id on her…not only that, but the girl is identical to Cassie. Cassie is brought back on the case to go back undercover as Lexie to find the murderer.
This is the third Tana French book I’ve read – they are all set in Dublin, Ireland and are just the kind of murder/mystery story I enjoy. There is some language and they are tense/scary, so if you don’t like that, skip this one. This is one of those books that are absolutely perfect for a rainy fall night…if only you could sell that atmosphere…(idea!)
I also finished up Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End by Atul Gawande, and while I’ve already mentioned this one last month – I’m bringing it up again, because this will go on my Best Books of 2015 list for sure. Gawande looks at the care of the aging/elderly in America and discusses how we approach death and dying. His stories are heart tugging and his experience as a surgeon helps because he knows both sides of the situation and his writing is…well, really, really good. Tough book to read because of the subject (death), but thought provoking and wise.
Reading Out Loud to the Kid
I read aloud to my 11 year old son (before he gets too old…sob).
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks – a book recommended by a reader; thank you! We enjoyed the story and he thought it was cool that the little indian and cowboy were alive in the boy’s pockets and he loved the dialogue of the cowboy.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – We’re almost done with this book. The story follows four kids who are tested to see how smart they are and then they are brought on by the mysterious Mr Benedict to be his secret agents to infiltrate a school where kids are used to pass along brainwashing messages. The plot is interesting and we’re enjoying it, but this has been a hard book for me to read out loud because the author describes every little thing. Like, paragraphs of describing what the hillside looks like, etc. While this helps create the picture in your mind of what everyone looks like, the chapters are long and I’m not going to lie, I skip a paragraph here or there and see if I can get away with it without the boy noticing. Nonetheless, definitely a fun book to read to a kiddo.
What books are you reading lately? Any good recommendations for the last two months of the year? Any more suggestions for read alouds for a kiddo?